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Top five tips to draft the perfect CW Awards 2017 nomination

The Construction Week team outlines the information that your nomination must include – and the pitfalls it must avoid – to pick up a coveted trophy this December

The CW Awards 2017 will be held in Dubai on 6 December.
The CW Awards 2017 will be held in Dubai on 6 December.

The nominations deadline for the 13th Construction Week (CW) Awards is only hours away, and time is running out to submit your bid for an award. 

The CW Awards 2017 ceremony will take place in Dubai on Wednesday, 6 December, 2017. More than 450 industry decision-makers will attend the event, which will recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess, sustainable efforts, and project success.

Nominations will be judged by a jury of industry peers, and each category winner will receive a commemorative trophy during December’s awards ceremony and gala dinner. The CW Awards 2017 will see the biggest names in Middle East construction compete across a total of 14 categories. Nominees have a diverse selection of categories from which to choose, including prizes for companies, projects, initiatives, and individuals.

The eligibility period for this year’s event is 1 October, 2016 to 21 September, 2017. Projects that were shortlisted for last year’s final will not be eligible for the CW Awards 2017.

While companies may nominate multiple projects, individuals, and initiatives for the CW Awards 2017, they may not nominate the same project, individual, or initiative for more than one category. The same organisation cannot be nominated for more than one company award.

While content is always the key consideration for the CW Awards judging panel, there is a lot to be said for presentation. Each award winner begins life as a well-prepared nomination.

With this in mind, the CW team has put together a handy guide detailing how you can give yourself, your colleagues, or your company the best chance of picking up a trophy this year.

1. Tailor your approach

The CW Awards 2017 offers individuals and companies the opportunity to submit nominations across 14 categories, but that’s not to downplay the importance of a focussed approach. No matter how big your organisation, it will be stronger in some fields than it is in others – and the same can be said of its employees.

As such, it pays to take a selective approach to awards nominations. Identify the categories that best represent the key strengths and achievements of your company or nominated individual. Take time to consider why our judges should rank your entry higher than those of your competitors. What has your team done that’s out of the ordinary? How have you or your colleagues gone above and beyond the call of duty?

It’s always better to submit a single well-thought-out entry than it is to enter multiple generic nominations.

2. Don’t be modest

Diverse though the CW Awards 2017 categories are, there is no prize for modesty. Moreover, there is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted. While the advice contained in our first tip still stands, if you feel that you have multiple projects, people, or initiatives that merit a particular award, feel free to nominate them all.

Of course, there can only be one winner for each category, but you’ve got to be in it to win it. Quality will always beat quantity, but if you’re fortunate enough to be able to submit several high-quality nominations, then go ahead.

After all, this event is designed to offer the Middle East’s construction industry an opportunity to celebrate its successes. This is no time for false modesty; this is your chance to tell the regional construction community exactly what you’ve been doing, and how well you’ve been doing it.

3. Take your time

A rushed entry is unlikely to grab our judges’ attention. And remember, nothing stands out more than an entry that has been thrown together at the last minute.

No matter how impressive a project or individual, your entry’s quality will not shine through unless information is presented clearly and effectively. The approach that you take to the nominations process should mirror the thorough, methodical manner in which you conduct your day-to-day business activities.

Take time to detail every last point of pertinent information. You wouldn’t want to lose out to one of your competitors because you neglected to mention something that they remembered to include.

4. Think strategically

Don’t be overwhelmed by the CW Awards judging process. Our panel of judges may be industry experts, but so too are you.

With this in mind, take time to think about the types of detail that would impress you if you were presiding over this year’s entries. What is it about your company, project, initiative, or employee that makes it, him, or her stand out from the competition?

And while our judges will scrutinise each nomination in detail, bear in mind that your entry is likely to be up against dozens – if not hundreds – of other submissions.

Within this context, it’s vital to ensure that your nomination possesses that ‘wow’ factor – the element that will preventing it from blending into the pile. Do whatever you can to make your entry memorable, so that it is at the top of our judges’ minds when they cast their votes.

5. Pay attention to detail

Few would deny that to put together a winning entry for the CW Awards is a significant undertaking. With this in mind, it would be a shame to miss out on a technicality.

Make sure that you have dotted all of your i’s and crossed each of your t’s. The nominations process is straightforward, but it is one that must be followed to the letter in order to qualify.

Comprehensive entry guidelines can be found at www.constructionweekonline.com/awards, so read them carefully before submitting your nomination.

If you follow these five simple steps to success, you’ll have given yourself the best possible chance of winning a coveted Construction Week Award.

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